2012 NFL Mock Draft: Which Contenders Need Secondary Help Most?

Zach Kruse@@zachkruse2Senior Analyst IJanuary 17, 2012

LINCOLN, NE - NOVEMBER 25: Cornerback Alfonzo Dennard #15 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers is greeted by Head Coach Bo Pelini on senior day before playing a  game against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Memorial Stadium November 25, 2011 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska defeated Iowa 20-7. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
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The following contenders need secondary help the most in our 2012 NFL Mock draft:

1.  Indianapolis Colts—Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

2.  St. Louis Rams—Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State

3.  Minnesota Vikings—Matt Kalil, OT, USC

4.  Cleveland Browns—Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

5.  Tampa Bay Buccaneers—Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

6.  Washington Redskins—Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina

7.  Jacksonville Jaguars—Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa  

8.  Carolina Panthers—Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame

9.  Miami Dolphins—Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina

10.  Buffalo Bills—Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama

11.  Kansas City Chiefs—Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

12.  Seattle Seahawks—Devon Still, DT, Penn State

13.  Arizona Cardinals—Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford 

14.  Dallas Cowboys—Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama

The Cowboys secondary was a mess for most of 2011 and its stands to lose cornerback Terrance Newman sometime this offseason. Even if he somehow stays, Dallas should look at cornerbacks. 

15.  Philadelphia Eagles—Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College 

16.  New York Jets—Ronnell Lewis, LB, Oklahoma

17.  Cincinnati Bengals—Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois

18.  San Diego Chargers—David DeCastro, OG, Stanford

19.  Chicago Bears—Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama

Charles Tillman was voted to the Pro Bowl but the Bears still lack adequate depth at cornerback. It's interesting enough that the Bears haven't drafted a player at the position higher than Devin Hester, who promptly switched to receiver. This might be the year to buck that trend.

20.  Tennessee Titans—Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina

21.  Cincinnati Bengals—Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor

22.  Cleveland Browns—Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State  

23.  Detroit Lions—Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska

The passing displays put on by Matt Flynn and Drew Brees over the final two weeks of the season are evidence enough as to why the Lions need help in the backend. Allowing that many yards through the air puts a lot of pressure on your offense to keep up.  

24.  Pittsburgh Steelers—Cordy Glenn, OL, Georgia

25.  Denver Broncos—Lamar Miller, RB, Miami

26.  Houston Texans—Dontari Poe, NT, Memphis

27.  New England Patriots—Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin

28.  Green Bay Packers—Nick Perry, OLB USC

The Packers allowed more passing yards in one season than any team in NFL history. I have them taking a pass rusher—the Packers' main weakness—but they'll eventually need to address the myriad of issues they have defending the pass.  

29.  New York Giants—Dont'a Hightower, LB Alabama    

30.  Baltimore Ravens—Vontaze Burfict, LB Arizona State

31.  San Francisco 49ers—Mohamed Sanu, WR Rutgers  

32.  New England Patriots—Mark Barron, S, Alabama

The Patriots were right behind the Packers in passing yards allowed this season. Part of that was due to their pass rush, too. But New England was constantly rotating players in-and-out at safety. Adding a trusted guy at the back end has been a need for awhile now.


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